Loud beats, folk music combined with remixes of Bollywood songs, dazzling lights, and colorful twirls all around – is the sight meeting your eyes when you attend a typical Navratri – Garba and Dandiya celebration. This nine-nights festival of worshipping Goddess Durga and Shakti is an occasion with great zeal and enthusiasm, especially in northern and western India. But with more Indians relocating to other countries, carrying their deep-rooted culture along, Navratri is now a global festivity!
Integrally associated with nights of crazy dancing, the groovy Navratri nights witness women decked up at their stylish best in ethnic and ethno-contemporary outfits that mainly comprise of colorful Navratri lehengas, embroidered tops, and dupattas, decorated with lots of baubles. The dress-up hame is not only confined to women- men have also always taken it up as a priority, putting in a little more effort to curate their Navras wardrobe with the most vibrantly embroidered kediyas, kurtas, dhoti pants, and turbans. These dolled-up women and dapper men perform Garba or Dandiya-raas, which also involves the use of decorative wooden sticks called Dandiya. Before the festival begins, girls and women throng the market to pick up new stuff for each of the nine days.
Are you too on a lookout of some gorgeous Navratri outfits? To look your best throughout the festival, you need a well-stocked festive wardrobe. Also, since Navratri celebration venues are usually cluttered, your style statement should be captivating – for you to stand out. Plus, since this is an annual event, you may end up repeating your looks – which you won’t want! For all the fashion and Navratri enthusiasts thus, we have curated some trendy wardrobe must-have tips and style pointers, using which you can create striking off-beat looks – even when you re-use your last year’s traditional closet picks.
1. Asymmetrical Kurta
An asymmetrical edged kurta is perhaps one of the prettiest festive staples this year. High-low or asymmetrical hemlines have been around for a while, and they are here to stay for the season! Pair your high-low kurta with a contrasting skirt and dupatta. Add a statement head-gear and a pair of hand harness, and you’re all set for a rocking evening! For an evening of endless dance and fun, you can also dress down – by pairing your high-low tunic with a trendy bottom like churidar or embroidered cigarette pants.
2. Ruffle Dupatta
Frills are another raging trend in the ethnic and fusion scenario. A ruffle dupatta can give an instant uplift and add a whimsical feel to your plain or subtle-printed lehengas. You can even ditch the traditional flare for a floor-length kurti and amp it up with a frilly organza dupatta.
3. Embroidered Jackets
The layering game is still going strong! You can create out-of-the-box looks for Navratri with embroidered jackets of varying lengths and designs. Pair your statement jacket with a plain long skirt and crop set or a palazzo and crop top coordinate. Add embellished loop danglers and a small nose-ring for that perfect rock-star look!
4. Black Lehenga
It’s always wise to have some basics in your closet for creating different looks. A plain r sequined black lehenga or one with simple borders is one of the most versatile basics for a festive wardrobe. Black is one hue that one can style in innumerable chic ways. Pair yours with a plain black top and multi-colored dupatta for a simple ethnic look, and add heavy metal jewelry to the ensemble. Among all the clutter, simplicity can stand out! Alternatively, you can team your black lehenga with a shimmery golden or silver spaghetti top and a black dupatta. Add small diamond studs and a stone bracelet or ring for an indo-western appeal.
5. Festive Accessories
Celebration attires are incomplete without add-ons! Especially for an occasion like the Garba evening, where dress-indulgence is a cultural norm, a few accessories ought to be a part of your wardrobe even if you’re walking in with the simplest of festive looks. Stocking up on chunky oxidized jewelry pieces like jhumkis, rings, and kadas, along with a highlighting fabric jewelry choker, should work for most kinds of Navratri looks. You can even add a little more drama with a statement head-piece!
Get these essential wardrobe components and style them your way- to create an exclusive look for the reveling occasion. While coordinating your outfits and accessories, keep your comfort level and personal choice in mind, for what you wear with love and confidence enhances your look tremendously!